Madison R. Wolfert

Department of English

Madison R. Wolfert (she/her) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English and is pursuing a certificate in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Before coming to Princeton, she earned her B.A. from Bowdoin College, where she completed a project on the natural philosophy of Margaret Cavendish. Her research interests include trans studies, 17th and 18th century political theory, the environmental humanities, Dutch and German literature, and science fiction.

Her dissertation project, titled “Gender, Race, and Labor in the Early Modern Atlantic World,” examines the positioning of gender and sexuality as biopolitical techniques of population management in the literatures of seventeenth-century Britain, the Netherlands, and their colonies. In tracing texts as diverse as colonial travel narratives, the political writings of the English “true republicans,” and the utopian accounts of settlements founded by religious separatists, her project documents the interconnections of gender, race, and land in the founding of real and imagined early modern polities.